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Celtic and Rangers will be in the Premier League. Brad or reality?

Despite the widespread backlash against the idea of a European Super League, the revolutionary fervor of something like this in the upper echelons of English football has not completely subsided. The top six clubs in the Premier League, which many have called apostates (Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal and Tottenham), after the failure of the ideas of Perez and Agnelli, seem to have focused on a smaller-scale, but also quite controversial reform of the current elite division of England. After the British tabloid The Sun published the news that the Scottish Celtic and Rangers in the near future may join the English Premier League, which, in turn, will be reduced from 20 to 18 participating teams, it became clear that that the debate around reforms in football, at least in Foggy Albion, will continue. It is now clear that, as in the case of the European Super League, a decision will require at least 14 votes out of 20 from the clubs participating in the current Premier League. Difficult consultations are ahead with all clubs, which will also necessarily affect leading Scottish teams such as Aberdeen or Hibernian. For the latter, the loss of Celtic and Rangers in the national championship may lead to consequences that are not fully predicted now, in particular, a weakening of spectator interest in the Scottish Premiership, but theoretically, the departure of two monsters, on the contrary, can increase competitiveness within the league and create a wider circle for its participants. opportunities in terms of qualifying not only for the Europa League, but also for the previously unattainable Champions League. There are a lot of questions. We will now try to find answers to the most important of them

How will the British Super League work?

In order to reform the existing format of the Premier League, two alternatives are being discussed on the sidelines. One of the options involves expanding the league from 20 to 22 teams, the other, on the contrary, reducing the number of participants from 20 to 18, with two places allocated to the Scottish giants Celtic and Rangers. To agree with the second option, it will probably be extremely difficult for the teams of the Championship, who really apply for a ticket to the Premier League. For them, this will mean giving up the solid funding that teams in the elite division rely on from sponsors and the sale of television rights. Moreover, as in the case of the Super League, a certain conflict is brewing between the idea of the ideologues of the British Super League and sports principles. In particular, places in the Premier League will be given to Celtic and Rangers without having to go through the chain of lower divisions, which is faced by all other English and part of the Welsh teams. , and a larger number of participants in the Premier League to give at the mercy of drawing black marks to the minor leagues. For the elite English division, something like this, in principle, will not be a wonder, since here in 1995 there was already a decrease in the number of participants from 22 to 20. Then only Middlesbrough and Bolton received promotion from the Championship, while four teams dived into the lower division at once Crystal Palace, Norwich, Leicester and Ipswich. Such an option is now unlikely to be popular among those clubs that are in the bottom half of the table or theoretically able to be there in future seasons. However, if the British Super League were to be created, then the competition in it would become even more significant, which would benefit the entire championship. It is obvious that the entry of Celtic and Rangers into the Premier League is supported by top clubs that could not create a European Super League, but will strive to make the English Premier League an even stronger and more competitive tournament, in which sponsors will be more willing to invest, and the rise in the price of television rights will continue, despite all sorts of crises. On the other hand, less powerful clubs are not interested in this, and therefore a fascinating intrigue awaits us, who will still be the winner in this venture

Why is all this happening now?

The possibility of attracting Celtic and Rangers for games in the English Premier League have been discussed for a very long time, so it is difficult to call the idea itself new. The Scottish giants, obviously, are already tired of the total hegemony in their native Premiership, where 85% of all seasons ended with the victories of Celtic or Rangers, and no other team, except for these two, has become a champion since 1985, when Alex Ferguson's Aberdeen won gold The intensification of the efforts of the ideologues of the British Super League also took place against the background of statements by the FIFA leadership, which generally approved the possibility of holding joint cross-border leagues on other continents. In Europe, the message was first heard by Belgium and the Netherlands, which have also been nurturing plans for a long time to create a joint championship. The main problem faced by the European Super League is getting approval from UEFA and FIFA. The British Super League, it seems, will be much easier to negotiate with these structures against the background of the fact that the entry of Celtic and Rangers into the Premier League will almost certainly be supported by the British government, and will not pose a real threat to professional football in Foggy Albion as a whole, but rather, on the contrary, will lead to even greater popularization outside the island state. In fact, the current changes that are being discussed by British analysts, to some extent, provide for a return to the Project Big Picture, which was introduced by Manchester United last fall with the support of Liverpool. The reform will be beneficial, first of all, to the top clubs in the Premier League, which will be able to increase the economic attractiveness of the domestic tournament, reduce the number of matches that are less interesting from a marketing point of view in the league, and finally achieve the complete cancellation of the games for the FA Super Cup and the English League Cup, somewhat unloading most, calendar.


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